Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Shiloh Mathilda

Sadly, we had to put our Shiloh down tonight. We are all devastated - kids are having a hard time understanding, Dave and I are having a hard time coping, Tupelo (our other dog) is wondering where his other half is... We know it is for the best, but we are all broken hearted. Instead of thinking about this sad day, I'm gonna jump on the memory roller coaster. This includes going through old pictures of her and our family through out the past 8 years and sharing her tale (tail?). Her story, in a nutshell, is that I adopted an Australian Shepherd/German Shepherd mix from a rescue group called Pet Haven in 2000. Unfortunately, she was abandoned at 6 months and left on puppy death row. More sadly, her original name was Barbie. We fixed both of these issues by adopting her and giving her tons of love and a sibling/dog, and by immediately naming her Shiloh Mathilda. Shiloh - for the Civil War battle site (Dave) and the Neil Diamond song (me) and Mathilda to preserve her Australian heritage ("Waltzing Mathilda"). She was an extremely affectionate dog for us and the kids and we loved her a lot. She tolerated being climbed on and having her ears and tail pulled so well that she often gave lickey kisses to those small monsters doing the damage to her. Shiloh loved laying on laps (when she was WAY to big to be a lap dog) and chasing squirrels. Auntie Theresa often said Shiloh had impeccable taste... whether this was because she recognized and loved Theresa years after she had moved out, or by who she chose to chew on, I'm unsure. Admittedly, Shiloh was overprotective of her family, but was a docile, teddy bear to those she loved.
We miss you already Shi...




2 comments:

bborndal said...

Mom told me I would cry if I read this, she was right. We miss Miss Shiloh, but know you guys did what you had to do.

Yarni Gras! said...

It is always so sad to lose a loved one. Our animals are also members of the family and I don't even want to think about them growing older.